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To Fight Currency Mismatches, Steam Adding Region Locking to PC Games

SydShamino Re:Riddle me this, batman (154 comments)

Because you never tried to gift it?

2 days ago
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To Fight Currency Mismatches, Steam Adding Region Locking to PC Games

SydShamino Re:Why Steam? Why? (154 comments)

If I want to convert my dollars to rubels and take a chance on how volatile the currency is, why can't I?

You can. Money markets are available for you to invest in.

What's fair about letting which side of an imaginary line you live on dictate the price?

Maybe the law in Russia that says you can't sell things in US Dollars? Otherwise Steam could just set a US Dollar price and let the exchanges sort it out.

2 days ago
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Who's To Blame For Rules That Block Tesla Sales In Most US States?

SydShamino Re:Republicans are NOT conservative (134 comments)

The laws in question here were passed decades ago, probably before you even know what a car was.

... for completely different reasons, which are now irrelevant. And today's government could recognize that these laws are outdated and irrelevant, and eliminate them. The fact that they aren't is the problem right now, not the history of when things happened before.

2 days ago
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Who's To Blame For Rules That Block Tesla Sales In Most US States?

SydShamino Re:This looks like pre-paid corruption. (134 comments)

Career politicians are largely to blame as they will vote which ever way they think will keep them in office. Since campaigning is expensive, the deep pockets essentially run the nation.

As opposed to end-of-term term-limited politicians who will vote which ever way will get them a good job once they leave office? Or as opposed to new term-limited politicians who won't know what the hell they're doing and will vote however their career staff and lobbyists tell them to?

I respect a politician more who wants to die in office, because that means he's never looking for another job. He is having to run for office, and yes, campaigning is expensive and corrupt. Let's fix that instead of ruining the system with term limits.

2 days ago
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Who's To Blame For Rules That Block Tesla Sales In Most US States?

SydShamino Re:We have the best form of Democracy in the world (134 comments)

You can just look at the garbage that is the Affordable Care Act to see that negotiation and compromise is alive and well - all within the Democratic party. If they were united as a block (as Republicans were in 2000-2006 or so), we would have gotten a much better single-payer system out of the law. If Republicans were to just disappear, the various groups that make up the Democrats would likely fracture into a few parties - all admittedly to the center and left of today's America - and start to negotiate more on those differences.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?

SydShamino Re:Hmmmmm. Interesting decision history... (279 comments)

That same degree that says you were willing to sit through tech classes with idiots will also show your future employers that you are willing to sit through meetings with managers.

If nothing else, a degree shows you are capable of tolerating a certain level of bullshit in exchange for an otherwise meaningful career. Those incapable of tolerating that bullshit don't belong in corporate jobs, unless it's a corporation they helped found.

3 days ago
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Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

SydShamino Re: First amendment? (249 comments)

of course, since when has the news companies ever performed responsibly and morally when left to their own devices?

Obviously it depends on the news organization, but I haven't seen any major news site reporting on the actual salaries of various employees, or on the medical reasons claimed for leaves of absence. That data exists and I wouldn't be surprised if some "news" site (be it X Report, Wikileaks, or a Slashdot comment somewhere) contains that data, but it's not being blatantly reprinted by the New York Times for example just for gossip.

On the other other hand, I do bet that there's a reporter somewhere poring through that data, looking for signs of systematic discrimination against (insert minority group) and emails from (asshole executive) that imply intent to discriminate. Were they to find that material, the public interest is served to publish it, even if the source documents aren't included.

4 days ago
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Spanish Media Group Wants Gov't Help To Keep Google News In Spain

SydShamino Re:Imagine that! (191 comments)

By leaving, they are happily giving up their position as leading Spanish news aggregator. That seems to avoid the monopoly issue entirely, as now there's space for other competitors to grow.

5 days ago
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Forbes Blasts Latests Windows 7 Patch as Malware

SydShamino Malware? (229 comments)

I think calling something "Malware" implies malice, something that's not indicated here as I see it. This is probably a case of incompetence, releasing poorly thought out, poorly written, and/or poorly tested code. Maybe we need a term for that - "bugware". (Or, for the cynics in the audience, we already have a term - "software".)

5 days ago
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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

SydShamino Re:Nitche Market (433 comments)

"quality" is subjective. If the goal of the audience is to experience the higher noise and lower dynamic range of vinyl, then vinyl is of higher quality to them.

You can't look at this as just a technical discussion and evaluate the options on their data sheet metrics. This is a sociology discussion and you have to at least partially empathize with the consumers.

(Yes, "SNR" and "dynamic range" are objective measures, but when you start using the term "quality" that has a lay meaning things start to get fuzzier.)

5 days ago
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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

SydShamino Re:I never understood the warmth argument (433 comments)

That "warmth" is the noise, in particular the noise envelope typical of record albums. Some people grew up with that, and to them that's what music should sound like.

Given that "what music should sound like" is pretty subjective (even saying "it should sound like the artist intended" is subjective), people who like vinyl are most welcome to it.

5 days ago
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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

SydShamino Re:Not really missing vinyl (433 comments)

I don't think you really understand how DACs work. The output of almost every DAC is discrete steps based on the size of the LSB. Later filtering (either in the hardware, or in your ear) removes those steps, but they do exist at the actual DAC's output. Sometimes a DAC and a filter are bundled together and called a "DAC", so you never see the steps, but it's erroneous to claim that they "don't exist" or that they can convert into the "complete and smooth and "original" signal.

5 days ago
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Report: Big Issues Remain Before Drones Can Safely Access National Airspace

SydShamino Re:For safe integration with existing air traffic (129 comments)

The parent talks about "no cameras" in a clause immediately following a comment about line of sight flying. I read his comment to thus mean that a commercial license would be required to pilot remotely via camera.

I totally agree with you that the presence of a camera recording locally for later viewing has no bearing on the license. If that was the parent's intent he's misguided .

In your gutter idea, accepting $10 to check a neighbor's roof does make the job commercial, the same way accepting $10 to mow a neighbor's yard does, or bring over your scissors and give them a haircut. The fact some people ignore regulations on commercial, personal services doesn't change the nature of those services. In the aerial case, let's suppose mr pilot forgets about the overhead power line on his neighbors property and crashes into it. Oops, he's not an amateur making a mistake, he's a paid operator who's not bonded or insured.

about two weeks ago
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Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

SydShamino Re:Yes. (545 comments)

I see no need to make Sundays special, but I do think the government should mandate triple overtime for work done on the three major secular holidays - Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Thanksgiving. This would be for work performed from 2AM day of until 6 the next morning, so you can close the night before but then have a day with your family.

The public would happily pay for police, EMS, fire, and medical staffs, who would appreciate the extra pay. I suspect Walgreens and CVS would stay open with a few stores, as would some gas stations (obviously self employed are exempt and can work when they wish). The rest would get the government-endorsed time off they deserve or be compensated.

about two weeks ago
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Finland Dumps Handwriting In Favor of Typing

SydShamino Re:Stupidify your nation (523 comments)

Works fine with printed; cursive not required.

about three weeks ago
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Taxi Medallion Prices Plummet Under Pressure From Uber

SydShamino Re:$800k? (329 comments)

Over 45 years? Especially if driven by two different family members on different shifts? 16 hours a day times 6 days a week times 52 weeks a year times 45 years is about 225,000 hours. I suspect taxis can make far more than $4 an hour, enough to cover gas, vehicle maintenance/repair/replacement, a financed medallion payment, and a meager living for the family.

This assumes it's a family medallion. The ones sold today for that much are rented to the drivers and operated 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

about three weeks ago
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Taxi Medallion Prices Plummet Under Pressure From Uber

SydShamino Re:Funny how greed usually bites dumb investors. (329 comments)

It's no different than a college education. Yes, $800k is still insane, but if you're told you have to spend $X to enable your career, plenty of people choose to pay it. In that case $100k is pretty reasonable for most people these days. At least with the medallion you don't also have to spend four years; you can start your career right away.

about three weeks ago
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Internet Sales Tax Bill Dead In Congress

SydShamino Re:Ok, they got ONE right... (257 comments)

Congressional Republicans do not believe that tax cuts need to be offset with tax increases, only that spending increases must be offset with spending cuts.

about a month ago
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Internet Sales Tax Bill Dead In Congress

SydShamino Re:Ok, they got ONE right... (257 comments)

Because most people in this society have empathy, and this includes most doctors and most hospitals, and they choose to treat people with critical, immediate needs without charging them, even though these types of needs incur the largest costs. Those costs are then passed on to everyone else, including you, who uses the facilities in a normal fashion, whether you like it or not.

Unless you are a doctor yourself, or are willing to ignore your own medical needs and the needs of those for whom you are a caretaker, you have no choice but to shoulder some of the shared costs when you use the services.

about a month ago

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Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

SydShamino SydShamino writes  |  4 days ago

SydShamino (547793) writes "In an effort that may run afoul of the first amendment, Sony, through their lawyer David Boies (of SCO infamy), has sent a letter to major news organizations demanding that they refrain from downloading any leaked documents, and destroy those already possessed. Sony threatens legal action to news organizations that do not comply, saying that "Sony Pictures Entertainment will have no choice but to hold you responsible for any damage or loss arising from such use or dissemination by you.""
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Exploiting Cashier-as-a-Service Providers

SydShamino SydShamino writes  |  more than 3 years ago

SydShamino (547793) writes "Researches at Indiana University and Microsoft found and exploited flaws in the communication between web stores and third-party cashiers (Amazon Payments, PayPal, Google Checkout) to order items for free, or at prices of their choice. "We believe that it is difficult to ensure the security of a CaaS-based checkout system in the presence of a malicious shopper" said the study co-author. The identified flaws have been reported and fixed, but they feel that more, similar flaws are likely given the complicated nature of many web-based transactions."
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New British Government Vows to Strengthen Liberty

SydShamino SydShamino writes  |  more than 4 years ago

SydShamino (547793) writes "Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg of the new British coalition government has announced a litany of proposed reforms designed to strengthen individual liberty and privacy, on several topics often championed among Slashdot readers, including: elimination of unnecessary laws to stop making "criminals out of ordinary people", elimination of the national identity card program and new biometric passports, removal of restrictions on the right to peacefully protest, restrictions on schools taking fingerprints without permission, curtailing of anti-terrorism legislation that allowed for detention of subjects for extended periods without charge, replacement of the "first-past-the-post" election system with an instant-runoff system, new regulation of the use of surveillance cameras. "Britain must not be a country where our children grow up so used to their liberty being infringed that they expect it without question," Clegg said.

The Conservative Party of the governing coalition is said to be less receptive to these reforms; hopefully some of them can be enacted before the coalition fails."

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Blue M&Ms can lessen the damage from spinal in

SydShamino SydShamino writes  |  more than 5 years ago

SydShamino (547793) writes "Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center have found that the dye used in blue M&Ms and other foods can, when given to a patient shortly after a spinal injury, minimizing secondary damage caused by the body when it kills off nearby healthy cells. Given that 85% of spinal injury patients are currently untreated (and some doctors don't trust the treatment given to the other 15%), a relatively safe treatment like this could help preserve some function for thousands of patients. The best part? In lab rats the subjects given the treatment turn blue."
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SydShamino SydShamino writes  |  more than 7 years ago

SydShamino (547793) writes "CNN, the Associated Press and others are reporting that an independent audit of the FBI revealed "serious misuse" of power to acquire private information granted in the Patriot Act. FBI Director Robert Mueller has accepted responsibility for problems and says they are being corrected, but Congress has already called for hearings. There's no word yet on criminal charges against anyone in the FBI who might have broken the law."

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